Hezbollah slams Bahrain for second time

In another attack against the Gulf Island state Hezbollah on Thursday accused the Bahraini authorities of “destroying mosques and houses of worship and desecrating the noble Quran.”

“The Bahraini regime has gone too far in its brutal campaign against its people and has completely violated human rights, the party said in a statement.

About a month ago, on March 20 Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also attacked the Bahraini authorities. He called the events in Bahrain a “special injustice”, Nasrallah asked whether Arab silence about the repression of protests there is due to sectarian prejudice against the Shiite-majority opposition.

“I ask some in the Arab and Islamic worlds: Why have you remained mum over the tyranny against our people in Bahrain, is it only because they are Shiites?” He said during a TV appearance via video link.

Hezbollah on Thursday called on “Muslim scholars, all international human rights organizations, peoples, and institutions concerned with preserving people’s right to worship and practice their religious rites to take a decisive stance on the destruction of houses of worship and the violation of the sanctity of noble scripture.”

Bahrain condemned last March Hezbollah’s criticism of its government, describing it as an intervention in the Gulf country’s internal affairs and held the Lebanese government responsible saying the statements would have a negative impact on the Lebanese-Bahraini bilateral ties.

prior to departing to london on Wednesday PM Designate Nagib Mikati called his Bahraini counterpart Prince Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa to thank him for his efforts in halting deportation of Lebanese expatriates residing in the Gulf state and thanked Bahraini King Hamad for his cooperation with Lebanon’s request that its expatriates not be blindly expelled .

Earlier this month, Bahrain deported 16 Lebanese, 14 of them Shiites, over “security concerns” amid persistent unrest in the tiny Gulf state.

Bahrain interior minister Sheikh Rashed bin Abdullah al-Khalifa linked Hezbollah to the protests during his address to the parliament on March 29

He accused the predominantly Shiite protesters of being linked to” the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, “as proven by the demonstrators’ methods as well as statements of support from the Lebanese Shiite group and Tehran.”

“All this reveals a link and the training style of Hezbollah,” the interior minister said.

Lebanese expatriates

Even before today’s criticism of Bahrain, Lebanese national Zahy Alameh, director of a television station in Bahrain, said the situation has become more complicated for Lebanese expatriates. “Nasrallah’s speech has put us in a very difficult position. Some Lebanese,who have residency visas, were not allowed to re-enter the country,” he tolls IPS.

Najib, a Lebanese businessman who lives in neighbouring Saudi Arabia and visits Bahrain on a weekly basis, emphasises that most Lebanese with a GCC residency are now systematically turned away at Bahraini customs. GCC residency usually grants holders entry into other GCC countries.

“Out of the four of us who tried crossing the border last week, only one, a Jordanian national, was allowed entry. The rest of us, all Lebanese, were not allowed in,” he said.

“The crisis between Lebanon and Bahrain is linked to regional geopolitics between Iran and the Gulf countries. However, Lebanese can’t do much about it,” Hilal Khashan, political scientist at the American University of Beirut told IPS.

“Hezbollah is militarily in control of Lebanon; Lebanese are thus helpless,” says Khashan. If local factions allow regional powers to come into play, the local political crisis in Lebanon could take a turn for the worse.

The Lebanese economy could also be affected by the increased deportation of Lebanese from the Gulf. Plagued by a 55 billion dollar debt, the economy is strongly reliant on foreign direct investment as well as transfers made by its expat community.

According to research company Information International, there are about 500,000 Lebanese residing in the Gulf, working mainly in tourism, building and contracting, media, and banking. While there are no exact figures, some 200,000 live in KSA, 60,000 in the UAE, 50,000 in Kuwait and 40,000 in Qatar.

Economist Ghazi Wazni estimates that of the 8 billion dollars transferred by Lebanese expatriates in 2010 to Lebanon, about 3.5 to 4 billion dollars was sent by those in the Gulf.

  • Amine123

    HA will eventually turn Lebanoin into Gaza where people have nothing to do except begging for food from the masters
    Why they don’t mind their own business and keep out of everyone elese business, who put them incharge anyway\\\

    • Mosetsfire

      Some one needs to tell this hmar to kol khara before he completely wrecks our foreign policy

      • master09

        HA what about Iran Syria and other places that you support is there a ‘special injustice’ . Lebanon was once a paradise, now who knows with the illegal building in the south Lebanon will be a slum.

    • Mosetsfire

      Some one needs to tell this hmar to kol khara before he completely wrecks our foreign policy

  • Anonymous

    HA will eventually turn Lebanoin into Gaza where people have nothing to do except begging for food from the masters
    Why they don’t mind their own business and keep out of everyone elese business, who put them incharge anyway\

    • Some one needs to tell this hmar to kol khara before he completely wrecks our foreign policy

  • master09

    HA what about Iran Syria and other places that you support is there a ‘special injustice’ . Lebanon was once a paradise, now who knows with the illegal building in the south Lebanon will be a slum.

  • Anonymous

    HA what about Iran Syria and other places that you support is there a ‘special injustice’ . Lebanon was once a paradise, now who knows with the illegal building in the south Lebanon will be a slum.

  • misamali

    no mention of the destroyed masjids in bahrain as expected from ya libnan ,

    • george_shalhoub

      well if you’re going to use the house of worship to attack the gov’t troops what do you really expect? but none of us are there so we don’t know the circumstances. Besides Hezbollah and even many Arabs countries including many muslims are ignoring the killing fields going on in Syria and in the mosques too. Apparently you seem to ignore all the news about Syrian securities and regime thugs machine gunning the protesters who are going in and out of the mosque. Or Preventing wounded from getting evacuated or getting treatments. Or going to the hospitals and dragging the wounded out of there and killing them. Or even shouting at their own troops who refused to shoot at the Protesters and then turn around and accusing the protesters of shooting at the troops. you and Nassrallah and the devils in Iran seems to not only ignore these facts. But are also helping in the killing of innocent protesters and the poor who are seeking freedom for their economic injustice. You will pay dearly for it soon Inshallah.

      • antar2011

        didn’t you know that Hizbollah’s media potray those killings as coming from tayyar mustaqbal?
        misamali believes that BS.

      • antar2011

        didn’t you know that Hizbollah’s media potray those killings as coming from tayyar mustaqbal?
        misamali believes that BS.

    • libnan1

      I see that, you might want to file a complaint. You need an attorney to help you fill up the paperwork.

    • Beiruti

      How about the people bring killed in Syria? Oh im sorry but your Hezbollah is nothing without Syria hmmmm!

    • Beiruti

      How about the people bring killed in Syria? Oh im sorry but your Hezbollah is nothing without Syria hmmmm!

  • misamali

    no mention of the destroyed masjids in bahrain as expected from ya libnan ,

    • Anonymous

      well if you’re going to use the house of worship to attack the gov’t troops what do you really expect? but none of us are there so we don’t know the circumstances. Besides Hezbollah and even many Arabs countries including many muslims are ignoring the killing fields going on in Syria and in the mosques too. Apparently you seem to ignore all the news about Syrian securities and regime thugs machine gunning the protesters who are going in and out of the mosque. Or Preventing wounded from getting evacuated or getting treatments. Or going to the hospitals and dragging the wounded out of there and killing them. Or even shouting at their own troops who refused to shoot at the Protesters and then turn around and accusing the protesters of shooting at the troops. you and Nassrallah and the devils in Iran seems to not only ignore these facts. But are also helping in the killing of innocent protesters and the poor who are seeking freedom for their economic injustice. You will pay dearly for it soon Inshallah.

      • Anonymous

        didn’t you know that Hizbollah’s media potray those killings as coming from tayyar mustaqbal?
        misamali believes that BS.

    • Anonymous

      I see that, you might want to file a complaint. You need an attorney to help you fill up the paperwork.

    • Anonymous

      How about the people bring killed in Syria? Oh im sorry but your Hezbollah is nothing without Syria hmmmm!